The former Australian player Brad Hogg belonged to one of the rare species of spinners. He was a slow left arm chinaman bowler with a broad smile, a difficult to read flipper and the occasional wrong ones which left even the best of the batsmen flummoxed.
His ODI career though was markedly different. He had 123 appearances for his country and ended up with 156 wickets with a best effort of 5/32 against the West Indies in MCG. He was also a part of two World Cup winning Australian sides in 2003 and 2007 thus becoming just one of the 15 players to have won a World Cup medal more than once.
He retired from International cricket on 4 March 2008 after the 2007–08 Commonwealth Bank Series.
Brad Hogg’s plot on All-Rounder
Brad Hogg, during one of his question and answer sessions on Twitter, faced a tough ask when one of his fans asked him to a pick better all-rounder between Hardik Pandya and Ben Stokes. Most of the cricket experts would have chosen a diplomatic approach to answer the question. However, Brad Hogg picked Ben Stokes as the better of two – for the English man’s outstanding international record.
Brad Hogg tweeted, “ I have to go with the Englishman on this one. Hardik has huge potential, but hasn’t played enough international cricket to challenge Stokes as the all rounder of my world XI.”
However, Brad Hogg is not wrong in his assessment as the English all-rounder clearly has more experience than his Indian counter-part. While Hardik Pandya has played a total of 11 Tests, 54 ODIs and 40 T20Is for India. Stokes, on the other hand, has represented England in 63 test matches, 95 ODIs and 26 T20Is.
I have to go with the Englishman on this one. Hardik has huge potential, but hasn’t played enough international cricket to challenge Stokes as the all rounder of my world XI. https://t.co/8u0jpfc7Dv
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) March 24, 2020
Ben Stokes has been backbone of Indian middle order for quite some time now. The English all-rounder has garnered more than 7,000 international runs along with 241 prized slaps to his name. On the other hand, Hardik Pandya is still new to the international cricket and is yet to prove his metal in bowling and finishingskills at international level. The Indian all-rounder has close to 2000 International runs with just above 100 wickets in international arena.